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Auditions for OSU production of ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’ to be held March 6-7

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Open auditions will be held March 6-7 for Oregon State University Theatre’s upcoming production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” Tom Stoppard’s witty and engaging existentialist comedy.

Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. If needed, additional call-backs will be held March 8.

The rehearsal schedule will include a cast read-through March 19, with regular rehearsals beginning March 28. Rehearsals will run from 2-6 p.m. Sundays and 6-10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Technical rehearsals begin Saturday, May 7, and run through May 11. Performances are May 12-14 and May 20-22.

Auditions are open to all OSU students, faculty and staff as well as community members. Scripts are available for 24-hour check-out through the OSU Theatre Arts main office in Withycombe Hall, Room 141.

Those auditioning are encouraged to read the script before coming to auditions. Auditions will consist of cold readings, movement and improvisational exercises. Roles are available for 13 men and two women with possible additional musicians.

For more information about the auditions or the play, visit: http://bit.ly/1NbuaeH or contact Director Elizabeth Helman at Elizabeth.helman@oregonstate.edu

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Writers Cindy Williams Gutiérrez and Justin Taylor to read at OSU March 4

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon poet Cindy Williams Gutiérrez and fiction writer Justin Taylor will read at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus.

 A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public, and is part of the 2015-16 Literary Northwest series, which celebrates the burgeoning literary scene in the Willamette Valley and the Northwest.

 Gutiérrez brings poetry into communities and explores the boundaries between poetry, theater and art through experimentation with spoken word and visual media. Her poetry collection, “the small claim of bones,” was a finalist for the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. She is a founding member of Los Porteños, Portland’s Latino writers collective.

 Gutiérrez’s poetry and reviews have appeared in “Borderlands,” “Calyx,” Harvard’s Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México’s Periódico de poesía, “Portland Review,” and others.  She has won awards from the National League of American Pen Women, Oregon State Poetry Association and Washington Poets Association.

 Taylor is the author of “The Gospel of Anarchy,” a dark and mesmerizing debut novel that explores the borders between religion and politics, faith and fanaticism, desire and need, and what happens when these borders are breached.

 He is also the author of “Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever,” an imaginative collection of funny and dark short stories. He currently resides in Portland.

 The reading is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing with support from the OSU Libraries and Press; the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film; the College of Liberal Arts; Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele; and Grass Roots Books and Music. 

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

Resonance Jazz Ensemble to perform March 4 at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – San Francisco-based Resonance Jazz Ensemble will visit the Oregon State University campus for a free performance at noon on Friday, March 4.

The performance will be in the Memorial Union Lounge, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis, and is sponsored by the School of Arts and Communication’s SAC Presents series and Music à la Carte. The public is welcome to attend.

Bandleader and pianist Steve McQuarry and his eclectic chamber jazz ensemble (cello, bass, viola, violin, saxophones, flute, vocals, piano and drums) perform inspired originals and creative adaptations of jazz standards.

Naomi Bristow, an OSU graduate and violist, will join the ensemble as a guest performer. Originally from the Bay Area, Bristow was a member of Resonance Jazz for many years while living and performing in San Francisco. She now teaches elementary music in Polk County and is a member of the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra.

 Music à la Carte concerts have been a tradition at OSU since 1969. The informal, 45-minute performances are held most Fridays during the fall, winter and spring terms, and showcase a wide variety of musicians and performance ensembles. 

 Hourly parking is available a short distance from the Memorial Union at Reser Stadium, 606 S.W. 26th St. The Beaver Bus, a free shuttle on the OSU campus, services the lot approximately every 15 minutes.

 SAC Presents is supported in part by gifts from donors, including donations made during the Cornerstone for the Arts Challenge in which donors gave over $6 million to support the arts at OSU. For information on giving to the arts at Oregon State, go to: http://bit.ly/1TW5BUB.


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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu

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Committee of OSU Board of Trustees to meet

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Finance & Administration Committee of the Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 23, to consider quarterly management and investment reports.

The meeting will be from 1-2 p.m. in the President’s Conference Room, Room 650, in Kerr Administration Building, 1500 S.W. Jefferson Way, on the OSU campus in Corvallis. It is open to the public.

More information on the meeting is available online at http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/trustees/meetings. If special accommodation is required, please contact Marcia Stuart at (541) 737-3449 or marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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Steve Clark, 541-737-3808

Bilingual play 'Broken Promises' performed at OSU Feb. 29

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University School of Arts & Communication’s University Theatre will host the Milagro Theatre’s bilingual play, “Broken Promises” by Olga Sanchez, on Monday, Feb. 29.

Currently on its world premiere tour, the production is directed by Francisco Garcia, and will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre, Room 173. It is presented in partnership with Planned Parenthood. 

The production is free, thanks to a Memorial Union Pepsi Foundation grant. Due to the architecture of the Lab Theatre, people arriving late cannot be seated.

The plot involves a girl meeting a boy at the mall. They begin dating, but things go wrong when alcohol and drug abuse enter the picture. The female character Adrienne finds herself trapped in a life of exploitation that is difficult to escape. 

Sanchez, the play’s author, was recently on campus to participate in the reading of Elaine Romero’s play, “Wetback.” Both presentations are part of University Theatre’s Latin@ Theatre Project. It will continue in the spring with readings of Josefina Lopez’s “Real Women Have Curves” and Carmen Rivera’s “La Gringa,” dates to be announced.

A founding member of Milagro Theatre, Sanchez is now a theater doctoral student at the University of Oregon. OSU theater grad and Corvallis native Ajai Tripathi is in the acting ensemble of “Broken Promises.”

In addition to “Broken Promises,” a healthy relationships workshop will be conducted by trained members of the cast from 3:30-5 p.m., Feb. 29, at the OSU Women’s Center. That event is sponsored by the OSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women.  It is open to all. 


Source: Erin Sneller, 541-737-5592; erin.sneller@oregonstate.edu

OSU recognizes climate scientist, computer expert with Distinguished Professor awards

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has named Peter Clark and Margaret Burnett as its 2016 Distinguished Professor recipients, the highest academic honor the university can bestow on a faculty member.

 “Both Peter Clark and Margaret Burnett are visionary scientists whose careers are affecting people all over the world,” said Sabah Randhawa, OSU provost and executive vice president.

“The work of Dr. Clark is cutting-edge science that helps everyone better understand what climate change may mean to them, using the past as a powerful guide to help predict the future. And we live in a world where computers are pervasive, used by everyone from elementary school students to retirees. An expert in visual programming languages, Dr. Burnett has made those instruments more user-friendly, interactive and dependable for all people.”

Burnett, a professor of computer science in the College of Engineering, has been a pioneer in making computers more useful for everyone. As a leader in several gender diversity activities, including advancing STEM education, Burnett was awarded the 2015 undergraduate research mentoring award from the National Center for Women & IT.

She helped develop the entire field of “end user” software engineering, which allows millions more people to successfully produce computer programs that are dependable and of high quality. Burnett has also tackled the problem of a computer world in which software is often designed by men and fails to acknowledge the different ways in which men and women communicate and process information.

This field of “gender-inclusive” computer study is also critical in bringing more women into technology, a goal which Burnett has worked toward for decades. She is an award-winning mentor to graduate, undergraduate and high school students.

Burnett received her doctorate in computer science from the University of Kansas and has been at OSU since 1992.

Clark, a professor in the OSU College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, is an international leader in the study of past climate change to help understand what the future may bring. He has had numerous studies published in the most prestigious academic journals in the world, such as Science, Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Clark also was a lead coordinating author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

With more than $4 million in research funding brought to OSU, Clark has studied glaciers and ice sheets, both those of today and from the distant past, to help determine what may be the long-term impacts of anthropogenic warming, rising greenhouse gases, and sea level rise. He’s also an award-winning teacher, recipient of 11 other major awards, has organized 20 symposia, and his professional work has generated literally thousands of citations.

Clark received his doctorate in geology from the University of Colorado and has been at OSU since 1988.

This honor will be permanent as long as the recipient remains at OSU. Both professors will give public lectures this spring on topics related to their field of study.

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Sabah Randhawa, 541-737-0733

Volunteers to be honored by Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An awards gala on March 4 in Huntington Beach, California, will honor four Oregon State University volunteer leaders for outstanding service to the university, as part of the annual Destination OSU event.

The event will recognize Connie Kearney, Harold D. Pritchett, and Sue and Gerald E. Vickers.

“Our 2016 honorees are wonderful examples of ‘above and beyond’ support for Oregon State University,” said OSU president Edward J. Ray. “Oregon State is on the rise with an impact that is growing every year, precisely because of incredible friends like Connie, Hal, Sue and Gerald.”

Kearney, of Vancouver, Washington, will receive the OSU Foundation’s highest honor - the Lifetime Trustee Award. Among other volunteer leadership roles at OSU, she served on the foundation’s Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2011 and currently is the board treasurer for the Oregon 4-H Foundation.

Part of the class of 1965, Kearney started her studies at Oregon State on her way to a career in law. She and her husband, Lee, are among the university’s most generous philanthropic leaders, with gifts supporting faculty, OSU-Cascades, athletics, 4-H, and renovation of the home of civil and construction engineering, renamed Kearney Hall in their honor.

Kearney joins other lifetime trustees: C. W. Knodell, Robert W. Lundeen, Duane McDougall, Kenneth R. Poorman, James H. Rudd, and Benjamin R. Whiteley.

The OSU Alumni Association will present the Dan Poling Service Award to Pritchett, an OSU professor emeritus who was instrumental in founding the university’s construction engineering management program. Since his retirement in 2002, the Corvallis resident has continued to be active with the Construction Education Foundation and has guided countless careers by connecting students with industry. The award is named for an influential dean of men who served the university for more than five decades.

Sue and Gerald E. Vickers will receive the Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award from OSU Athletics. In addition to creating an endowment that provides unrestricted support to the athletic department, the couple has supported key facility initiatives including Reser Stadium, Truax Indoor Center, Gill Coliseum, OSU Basketball Center, and Goss Stadium. Gerald Vickers is owner and chairman of Emerald Forest Products, a Eugene-based plywood and veneer manufacturer. Chaves was captain of Oregon State’s 1942 Rose Bowl team who later became an influential booster in various fundraising activities.

The Friday evening awards gala in Huntington Beach is one part of Destination OSU, three days of activities for Oregon State alumni, friends, and the general public on March 3-5. Visit the OSU Foundation web site for more information about the events and how to register.

The events include a Thursday evening screening in Corona del Mar of “The Legend of the Giant Killers”; a documentary about OSU’s famed 1967 football team; and a reception in Los Angeles with new Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury, and NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton, prior to OSU taking on UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday.

Presented by the OSU Foundation, OSU Alumni Association, and OSU Athletics, this is the first time Destination OSU has been held in the Los Angeles area. California is home to more than 17,000 Oregon State University graduates, the largest concentration of alumni beyond Oregon and Washington.


Jill Cassidy, 541-737-6126


SAC Presents series brings the Ivy Street Ensemble to Corvallis

CORVALLIS – The Oregon State University School of Arts and Communication, or SAC, is hosting the Ivy Street Ensemble of Colorado at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 in First Presbyterian Church, 114 S.W. 8th St.

The performance is part of the SAC Presents series. 

Based in Denver, the Ivy Street Ensemble is comprised of a trio of musicians from the Colorado Symphony: Catherine Peterson, flute; Erik Peterson, violin; and Phillip Stevens, viola. Erik Peterson, a Corvallis native, is the artistic director of the annual Chintimini Chamber Music Festival.

Frequently heard on National Public Radio in Denver, the ensemble has a diverse repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary chamber music. 

In 2015, the trio was awarded second place in the chamber music category for the American Prize, an award celebrating American excellence in the arts. In 2013, they won a grant from Chamber Music America to premiere a commissioned piece by composer Kenji Bunch. In 2008, the group was a finalist in the National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition.

In Corvallis, Ivy Street Ensemble will perform “Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola” by Ludwig van Beethoven, “The Great Train Race” by Ian Clarke, “Three Madrigals” by B. Martinu and “Pennipotenti” by Maria Newmann. 

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, with open seating. Seniors, youth and non-OSU college students are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. OSU students will be admitted for free with a valid identification card at the door. Participants in the SNAP program may present their Oregon Trail card at the door and purchase up to two tickets for $5 each (Corvallis Arts for All program participant). Advance tickets are available at Gracewinds Music and online at tickettomato.com.

SAC Presents is supported in part by gifts from donors, including donations made during the Cornerstone for the Arts Challenge in which donors gave over $6 million to support the arts at OSU. For information on giving to the arts at Oregon State, go to http://bit.ly/1TW5BUB

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School of Arts and Communication: Music, 541-737-4061

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OSU to perform Cole Porter musical comedy 'Kiss Me, Kate'

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University School of Arts and Communication will present Cole Porter’s jazzy musical comedy, “Kiss Me, Kate,” Feb. 26-28 and March 3-5.

Performances will be in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis, on Feb. 26-27 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 28 at 2 p.m., and March 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. Oregon State University Theatre and the OSU music department are collaborating on the production.

Featuring a script by Sam and Bella Spewack and some of Porter’s most memorable tunes, this madcap, romantic musical-within-a-musical is the story of the reluctant reuniting of a divorced couple to star in a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” and a production held hostage by gangsters until a star dancer pays his gambling debt.

The principal cast includes OSU students Eldon de la Cruz as Paul; Steven Evans-Renteria as Nicely-Nicely; Taylor Fahlman as General Howell; Phillip Hommes as Harry the Horse; Samantha Johnson as Lois Lane; Quentin Kirk as Fred Graham; J. Garrett Luna as Bill Calhoun; Kimber Parker as Lilli Vanessi; Anna Patch as Hattie; Emily Saalfeld as Madam Baptisa; Cory Warren as Ralph; Alex Weingargen as Gremio; and Eric Zittel as Hortensio.

The ensemble cast includes OSU students Robert Best, Blair Bowmer, Caitlyn Douglas, Sedona Garcia, P.J. Harris, Jade Kasbohm, Sydney King, Pam Mealy, Sophia Morrow, Emma Nissen, Taylor Siling, Rachana Son, Kelsea Vierra, Yu Wang, Larissa Zens, and Wenqing Zhang. Community member Craig Farrell joins the cast as Pops.

The production is directed by Theatre Professor Charlotte Headrick with musical direction by music instructor and pianist Lauren Servias and choreography by Megan Skinner.

Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for seniors; $10 youth/student; and $5 for OSU students. They can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ beginning Feb. 15 or by calling the box office at 541-737-2784. Contact the box office for disability accommodations, faculty/staff discounts or group ticket sales.

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Essayist and poet Maggie Nelson to read at Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Essayist, poet and critic Maggie Nelson will read on Friday, Feb. 19, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the reading.

Nelson is the author of five books of nonfiction and four books of poetry. Her most recent book, the genre-bending “The Argonauts,” is a work about gender, sexuality, queer family, desire, marriage and the possibilities of love and language. The Los Angeles Times called the book “a magnificent achievement of thought, care and art.” 

Nelson’s 2011 book of art and cultural criticism, “The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning,” was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her other nonfiction books include “Bluets,” “Women, the New York School and Other True Abstractions,” and “The Red Parts: A Memoir.”

Her poetry books include “Something Bright, Then Holes,” “Jane: A Murder,” “The Latest Winter” and “Shiner.” Her poetry has been widely anthologized, including in the Best American Poetry series. Nelson has received numerous awards including a 2007 Arts Writers Grant from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation; a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction; a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry; and a 2013 Innovative Literature grant from Creative Capital.

Nelson holds a doctorate in English literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and has taught literature and writing at Wesleyan University, Pratt Institute of Art and the New School Graduate Writing Program, as well as at Tinhouse Summer Writers Workshop. She now teaches at California Institute of the Arts.

The reading is part of the 2015-16 Visiting Writers Series, which is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing with support from the OSU Libraries and Press; the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film; the College of Liberal Arts; Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele; and Grass Roots Books and Music.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

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